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Northern Manitoba reports 30 new COVID-19 cases Nov. 22

The province’s north appears to have a high number of breakthrough infections, with only five of Monday’s new cases affecting people who are not fully vaccinated.
nrha covid-19 test positivity rates and testing volumes nov 4 to nov 17 2021
A Manitoba government graph shows  the COVID-19 test positivity rates and testing volume per capita in the Northern Regional Health Authority area Nov. 4-17.

Manitoba announced 11 new deaths caused by COVID-19 over the previous four days Nov. 22, seven of them from the southern health region.

1,292 Manitobans have now died as a result of coronavirus infections since the pandemic began in March 2020.

No new deaths were reported in Northern Manitoba, which has seen 63 people die over the course of the pandemic.

136 new COViD-19 cases were reported in Manitoba on Monday, 71 of them in people who are not fully vaccinated against the virus. 

These new cases included 30 in the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA), which saw 127 new cases over the seven days prior to Monday and has over 300 active cases.

Northern Manitoba appears to have a higher number of breakthrough infections (those that occur among fully vaccinated people), with only five of the 30 new cases Nov. 22 affecting people who are not yet fully vaccinated against the virus.

As of Nov. 22, there were 94 active cases in the Norway House health district, 67 in the Island Lake health district, 58 in the Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb health district, 51 in the Bunibonibee/Oxford House.Manto Sipi/God’s River/God’s Lake health district, 26 in the Cross Lake/Pimicikamak health district and 11 in the Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake health district. Four other health districts had active caseloads in the single digits, including Thompson/Mystery Lake, which had two active cases on Monday. There were also three cases of COVID-19 in Churchill, which is part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, according to a social media post by the Churchill Health Centre.

Across Manitoba, 152 people are in hospital due to the virus, 24 of them in intensive care. Nine of those in hospital are from the north, including one in intensive care.

The five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba Nov. 22 was 5.7 per cent. It has been higher than that in Northern Manitoba recently, with rates ranging from 6.5 per cent to 10.9 per cent in the two-week period from Nov. 4-17, including 10 per cent on Nov 17. Northern Manitoba has consistently been the region with the second-highest positivity rate over the past month, with the southern health region having the highest. The north also had the highest per capita testing volume for nine of the 14 days from Nov.4-17.

Provincewide, 57 per cent of active COVID-19 cases were in people who were not fully vaccinated against the virus as of Nov 22, meaning they had received one or zero doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine. Among patients in hospital with active COVID-19 infections, 58 per cent were not fully vaccinated. 78 per cent of patients in intensive care with active coronavirus infections as of Monday had received no doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 22 per cent who were fully vaccinated.